Confessions of a Spy: The Real Story of Aldrich Amesby Pete Earley
For nine years, Aldrich Ames fed highly classified information to the KGB. Russia paid him millions of dollars�and promised millions more. He betrayed the identities of the United States' top agents. An act that led to their executions
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"There are things that have never come out about this case. There are still secrets that only a few know." - Aldrich Ames
For nine years, Aldrich Ames fed highly classified information to the KGB. Russia paid him millions of dollars�and promised millions more. He betrayed the identities of the United States' top agents. An act that led to their executions inside the Soviet Union. Never before in American history has one man done so much to sabotage our national security.
Pete Earley is the only writer to conduct fifty hours of one-on-one interviews with CIA mole Aldrich Ames, without a government censor present. He is the only writer to have traveled to Moscow to speak directly to Ames's KGB handlers and with the families of the spies he betrayed. And he is the only writer to have had access to the remarkable CIA mole-hunting team that tracked down and stopped Aldrich Ames.
The result is a portrait of a much more complex and diabolical man than has previously been depicted; an account of damage far worse than has ever been chronicled, including startling revelations of unreported double agents and scandal in high Washington circles; and a story of three women who bucked every obstacle the CIA male establishment could throw at them, to expose perhaps the most devastating spy in modern U.S. history.
This is an extraordinary human drama, a modern morality play charged with love, sex, greed, betrayal, and heroism.
"All of the people whose names were on my list knew the risks they were taking when they began spying for the CIA and FBI. If one of them had learned about me, he would have told the CIA, and I would have been arrested and thrown in jail. Now that I was working for the KGB, the people on my list could expect nothing less from me. It wasn't personal. It was simply how the game was played." - Aldrich Ames, Russian spy
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Meet the Author
Pete Earley is a storyteller who has penned 13 books including the New York Times bestseller The Hot House and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness.
After a 14-year career in journalism, including six years at The Washington Post, Pete became a full-time author with a commitment to expose the stories that entertain and surprise.
His honest reporting and compelling writing helped him garner success as one of few authors with "the power to introduce new ideas and give them currency," according to Washingtonian magazine.
When Pete's life was turned upside down by the events recounted in his book Crazy, he joined the National Alliance of Mental Illness to advocate for strong mental health reform on the public stage.
This new advocacy has taken him to 46 different states and multiple countries around the globe where he delivers speeches to rally against the troubled mental health systems and for the mentally ill.
As an author, Pete has been on the receiving end of many accolades, including:
- 2007 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for General Nonfiction
- New York Times Bestseller for The Hot House
- Robert F. Kennedy Award for Social Justice
- Edgar Award Winner for Best Fact Crime Book
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Mr. Earley is a very accomplished writer and it is evident in this book. I believe that this book is the most that we will ever know about: Aldrich 'Rick' Ames, the CIA and the KGB. Mr. Earley gives you all the sides of the story not just his. I would highly recommend his book to anyone.
Confessions of a Spy is amazing book by Pete Earley. His had access to people such as; Aldrich Ames, Soviet Union spies, & FBI ETC. Aldrich Ames never could please himself through his life which is pretty sad.